SYNOPSIS

In a time of echo chambers, racial tension, identity politics, and fear, filmmaker Adam Sjöberg revisits his roots to ask hard questions about reconciliation, policing, and how we even talk to each other about the things that matter.



Director's Statement

I grew up in a segregated community in an all-white high school.  Shortly after graduating, an all-black high school was shut down and my school was forced to integrate - with all the resulting tensions and confusion in the community that often follow desegregation. 

I can trace my own heritage directly back to slave-ownership.  I’ve traveled to rural Kentucky and walked on the “40 Acres” my white ancestors own.  I know the names of some of their slaves - Ephraim and Fanny.  And I have friends and family who are police officers.

I’ve seen both sides of this coin.  This story is personal.  And I want to take that personal story, that personal angle, and put myself in the hot seat.  I want to ask the hard questions.  What do we owe these children of slavery? What is my responsbility?  And how can zoom out from police-involved shootings and the tension between community policing and African-Americans and look at the system at large?  How can we fix what is so broken?


BUDGET

$500k - $1M


FILM TIMELINE

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